“John [Nelson] may indeed be a modern-day Carlos Castaneda.”
Michael Langevin, author of Secrets of the Ancient Incas
New York mystery writer Bill Hays became burnt out and felt his novels were repetitious, and so he moved to the Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1990s to broaden his perspective and renew himself. After a while, he developed a cynical attitude about this city and its affectations, but was inspired by the beauty of the landscape and wrote a literary novel, “Out-of-sort Anglo on the Lone Prairie.” The novel failed, and so to make ends meet, he now applies his literary investigative skills in some piecemeal detective work. When Juan Santiago, the scion of a Hispanic Brujo family, is murdered, his massage partner, Leslie Anne, hires Bill to investigate. After the murder of a medicine man in Taos, which appears to be payback, Bill seemingly finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly standoff between the Brujos and Medicine Men. As the energy salvos are exchanged, Bill is initiated by Juan’s older brother, don Jose, and the mysterious Carlos into the Brujo realm to summon his magical nagual to join in their behind-the-scenes battle with an evil sorcerer who would enslave us all.